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Monday 7th September 2015.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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European Farmers Await Outcome of Meeting Over Low Pork Prices

A European Council meeting is taking place today (7 September) to discuss the low pork prices in the EU markets which are causing financial difficulties for many farmers. The low prices of milk and lamb will also be discussed.

In preparation for the meeting, Ministers and farmers' organisations have been busy coming up with possible measures to improve the situation.

Measures include expanding private storage aid, promoting meat products more extensively and improved labelling and traceability to allow shoppers to support local farmers.

In France, where pig farmers have been protesting about the low prices, Agriculture Minister Stéphan Le Foll has called for a working party to identify and monitor the different contracts for pig farmers governing prices and to implement changes.

The minister also indicated that any support funds related to contracts that were put in place to help the farmers could benefit from tax exemptions.

In disease news, there have been further cases of African Swine Fever reported on pig farms in Kenya, Estonia, Lithuania and Russia.

An outbreak also occurred in a wild boar in Poland. 

There has also been a confirmed case of MRSA on a pig farm in Rogaland, Norway.

In the US, pig farmers are being advised to look out for signs of Seneca Valley Virus, which appears similar to Foot and Mouth Disease, as cases have been identified regionally this summer.

In other news, the US has opened its doors to pork and other meat products from Lithuania.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

How to Prevent Heat Stress in Indoor Pig Herds
If a pig is under heat stress and cannot cool itself sufficiently it will collapse and, in the worst scenario, die. This guide from AHDB Pork shows how to keep your indoor pigs at a comfortable temperature.

Common Causes of Poisoning in Pigs
Poisoning in pigs can often only be apparent once it becomes fatal, so it’s essential to know what symptoms to look for and how to minimise the risks. Melanie Jenkins reports for ThePigSite.

Improvement Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) ELISA Test Reliability
Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) vaccines have been widely used in the field to prevent PPV induced reproductive problems since the early 80’s with a high level of satisfaction. However, the pattern of seroconversion after vaccination is often lower and more irregular than after field virus infection, write A. Callen, I. Lazaro and S. Carceles, Merial.

Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Poultry and Pigs
The use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion has long been restricted in the EU, but there has been a lot of research activity looking at possible alternative compounds. This article looks at the potential for feed additives such as organic acids, probiotics, prebiotics and essential oils to improve performance in poultry and swine.

Company News

EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU and SPAIN - According to data from ICEX-Estacom, the export market has broken a historic record in the export of pork in the first half of 2015 in Spain, writes Mercedes Vega, General Director for Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Nutreco Renames Animal Nutrition Research Division, Doubles Investment
NETHERLANDS - Nutreco announces that its global animal nutrition research centres will be renamed to Trouw Nutrition R&D. This change is part of the strengthening of its global animal nutrition activities under one brand.
2016 IPPE Surpasses 1040 Exhibitors
US - With five months remaining until the trade show, the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has surpassed 1,040 exhibitors.
Pork Commentary: European Road Trip Week 2 - Russia
RUSSIA - After Lithuania a week ago, we flew to Russia, writes Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc.
Viet Nam Hog Markets
VIET NAM - At the end of July and according to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam currently has about 26.76 million pigs on the farms (up 2.5 to 3.0 per cent from last year at this time). The hog market production reached 2.05 million tonnes of pork in the first 6 months of 2015 which is an increase of 3.9 per cent as compared to the same period in 2014, write Ron Lane, Business Director for Asia Pacific and Meggie Vo, Genesus Marketing Representative in Vietnam.
Market Reports

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 7 September 2015
USDA Bi-Weekly International Meat, Poultry & Egg Review - 4 September 2015
UK August 2015 Farming and Food Brief
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 3 September 2015
UK Animal Feed Statistics - July 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Milk Statistics July 2015
AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 1 September 2015
USDA Agricultural Prices - 1 September 2015

Global Pig Industry News


Vacant Meat Processing Jobs Impact Entire Canadian Economy
Canadian Livestock Producers Adapting Well to Antibiotic Use Changes
Low Canadian Dollar Positive for Canadian Pork Producers
Pork Producers Advised to be Aware of Disease Threats as Temperatures Drop
Viruses Remain a Threat in Western Canada
PEDv Containment Efforts Make Progress
Canola Offering High Energy Options for Early Weaned Pigs

   European Union

National Bans on GM Food, Feed Imports Rejected
Preparations Intensify Ahead of EU Agricultural Meeting Over Low Pork Prices
EU Pig Prices: Market is Gaining Momentum – Prices Increasing

   United States

Hog Outlook: US Pork Exports Down, Imports Up
America's Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
Awareness Raised of Mild Infection that Resembles FMD
Calls for Regulation Extensions to Contain PED
Community Spirit Drives Americans to Support Local Food
‘Black Monday’ Impact on Pork Demand
Hog Outlook: Wild Couple of Weeks for Stock Market
CME: Winter PEDv Critical for Market Prices
US Farm Exports Standing Firm
Study Fleshes Out Potential for Airborne Spread of Pig Viruses


Spanish Pork Exports Powers Ahead

   United Kingdom

Meat Protein Can Help Protect Heart Health, Study Shows


US Opens Doors to Lithuanian Meat
More Backyard Pigs Dead from ASF in Lithuania


More Pigs Dead From ASF in Estonia


MRSA Confirmed in Rogaland Swine Herd


French Pig Sector in Turmoil over Prices and Contracts


African Swine Fever Found in Kenya


Ireland Calls for Swift Action to Restore Pigmeat Market Confidence

   Russian Federation

Four More ASF Outbreaks Found in Russia


Another ASF Outbreak Found in Poland


Malta Meat Production Decreased


Livestock Farmers Suffer After Monsoon Flooding in Myanmar


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